My children have received an excellent and well-rounded education in a safe environment where the teachers, administrators and staff truly care about their success. Recent additions such as an elementary STEM lab, iPad carts for all grades and Surface Pro 3's for Juniors and seniors have greatly enhanced technology and improved academic rigor. Class sizes average 18 students which is ideal in my opinion for optimal learning. I would highly recommend Starkville Academy to anyone that values an independent school education and is considering it as their school of choice.
Where do I start? Well, first of all SA lacks the time management skill and tries to cram seven classes into one day. The block system would be a godsend to all students attending. Teachers and coaches alike try to get as much done as possible, but with only fifty minutes per class, only so much can be accomplished. What's seems to be their biggest worry is a student on a cell phone. Administration is constantly walking by classrooms for the soul purpose of trying to catch students on their phones. What's more is the fact that the school is in need of repairs in many places, but instead invests more money into the football stadium and field. The school doesn't even financially support the art classes such as band (the roof inside the band hall has many holes in it) or art 1, 2, or 3. With the tuition they're making parents pay, a little money here and there shouldn't be so hard to use towards the art classes. I am a student there (obviously) and almost all of the other students can prove these problems. Most of my friends are either certainly or determining switching to starkville high as it provides the block system, more class options and so on.
When making decisions about education, do not mistake great Websites and prestige for competence! Starkville Academy offers small classes and many opportunities for students to participate in extra-curricular activities. Don't mistake quantity for quality; many of those opportunities lack element of quality. Students may participate, but their experience is limited by lack of leadership from coaches, teachers, and administrators. There have been many instances of inequitable treatment in sports my daughter experienced. Also, I'm aware of different treatment in the classroom depending on who the child is from a social standpoint.
Parents are very supportive of school activities, and the work the teachers do. The board and administration are working to help teachers and students, by implemented new programs, such as dual enrollment in college algebra and Fresh comp. New labs and slide projectors help the students and teachers. Most of the students are hard-working, goal-oriented, and self disciplined. Because the number of students in each class ranges from 15-22, teachers help each student more and know each one well. After attending since kindergarten, my child completed Calculus and Spanish 3. My child will be attending college on full academic and athletic scholarships. He or she had excellent opportunities for leadership in the band, drama, and athletics. The faculty are well-qualified, caring, and hard-working role models. Daily, each class says the pledge, has a devotion, and prayer. The same Christian youth leaders meet monthly with the same class from 7th thru 12th grade. All of our international students are doing well in class and extracurricular activities. Graduates are published authors, recognized scientists, and graduates of Notre Dame law school. Pre-k-12th faculty work together.
We were very disappointed with this SA and pulled our children out because they were not challenged at all. Moreover, we were concerned our kids would be super far behind academically if we were to move again (we moved to Starkville from another state). My kids had more challenging work the year before coming to the Academy, and therefore wasted a year. I supplemented my kids with extra work as the homework they were assigned was memorizing the spelling words they already knew how to spell or read the same no-challenging story 4 nights in a row. You basically choose this school over public schools to keep your kids around other middle class families, to play sports, and to have some religious education...not for the academics. Note there were many nice families and teachers...of course, many Starkville residents are warm and friendly.
this school has been an outstanding choice for my children. we moved from the starkville public schools because we wanted our children to be in a christian environment. what we did not expect was that the academy's standard of academics was about one full grade higher than the public school. my children were actually quite far behind academically coming from the public school. i have to admit getting them 'caught up' with the academy's standards was a challenge, but a challenge we happily undertook.
The Academy has just met our expectations for the two years our children have attended. Our children have lived in several other states other than Mississippi and the Academy's curriculem is well below that of other states. My daughter who is in 9th grade is using the same book that she was taught out of in 7th grade in Georgia. The faculty is excellent, however, the dean could be me more involved with communication with parents. Sports involvement is the Academy's strongpoint. The offer several different sports programs for all ages. My overall impression is that the Academy has self generated the impression that they are a great school. If you have attended other schools, you'll understand that they are an average school and not any better than that of a public school in other states. When they are no other options, Starkville Academy will have to do.
Starkville Academy offers the most outstanding learning opportunities for the children of the Starkville area. This is a safe, Christian environment with the academic success of each student as the central focus.
Starkville Academy offers students a wide range of academic and extra-curricula activities including classes for gifted students, drama, art, choir, band, AP courses, and sports such as tennis, golf, basketball, football, cheerleading, soccer, and baseball. It is a medium size school so students receive excellent academic supervision which allows special needs to be identitfied and met. Many teachers have master's degrees and surpass the minimum education requirements of the state. The Academy is a Christian school but has no affiliation with any denomination. There is a general acceptance among the faculty of Christian principals and ethics, but the learning atmosphere is tolerant and progressive. Our two daughters have excelled both academically and personally while attending the Academy.